Govt Boosts Uptake Of EVs With New Charging Law

The government aims to encourage more car buyers to purchase electric vehicles (EVs) by introducing a new law to increase the number of charging points available.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that new buildings, including homes, offices and supermarkets, will be required to install electric charging points from next year, reported BBC News.

He spoke at the Confederation of British Industry’s conference earlier this week (November 22nd), detailing how the government aims to achieve its target of banning new petrol and diesel car sales from 2030.

Mr Johnson noted: “This is a pivotal moment – we cannot go on as we are.”

“London and the south-east have more public car charging points than the rest of England and Wales combined. Yet there is nothing here to help address this.”

Therefore, the Prime Minister said up to 145,000 charging points will be installed across the UK every year.

Currently, there are only 25,000, which shows just how ambitious this goal is and how impactful the new legislation will be in increasing sales of EVs.

According to the Competition and Markets Authority, there needs to be as many as 250,000 charging points in the country if the government wants to reach its 2030 goal.

This would make it more appealing for car buyers to choose EVs, as it will be easier to charge their vehicles than it currently is.

According to the Department for Transport, there were only 300,000 EVs in the UK out of 39.2 million vehicles. Furthermore, sales of EVs only accounted for one-tenth of all new car registrations in 2021.

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